Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
No Drinking Water
About Davis Wash

Davis Wash   Davis wash is accessible by the Apache Trail National Forest Scenic Byway, a scenic mountain road. Nearby are views of mountains with abundant wildlife. This shoreline offers an abundance of opportunities for families looking for a fun get away any time of the year! Popular during the summer months, Davis Wash is great for a day trip or dispersed camping weekend.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Davis Wash is located in Arizona
Latitude
33.594 N
Longitude
-111.222 W
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Directions
This site is 9 miles south of Roosevelt Dam on the south shoreline of Apache Lake. From Apache Junction: Drive north on State Hwy. 88 for 35 miles (the last 20 miles of State Hwy. 88 are unpaved) to Davis Wash Recreation Site. Turn left and continue to site approximately 1 mile. From Mesa: Take State Hwy. 87/Beeline Highway north for approximately 60 miles to its junction with State Hwy. 188. Turn right onto State Hwy. 188 for 33 miles to its junction with State Hwy. 88. Turn right onto State Hwy. 88, and drive past historic Roosevelt Dam (unpaved) for 9 miles to Davis Wash Recreation Site. Turn right and continue to the site approximately 1 mile. From the Globe area: Take State Hwy. 188 west for 30 miles to its junction with State Hwy. 188. Turn left onto State Hwy. 88, and continue past historic Roosevelt Dam (unpaved) for 9 miles to Davis Wash Recreation Site. Turn right and continue to the site approximately 1 mile. Click Here For Map.
2 Reviews of Davis Wash
Currently Closed due to flood rush

I wanted to stay down by the lake but the washes are closed due to the flash flood risk. The recent fire much of the vegetation that stems the flow of water. I would imagine that the campground will open back up after monsoon season but might periodically close based on the weather patterns. At least until the vegetation regrows.

I ended up staying on the south side if Davis Wash just off Apache Trail in a dispersed campground. I was the only one out there which was nice and spooky. Being that it was Friday the 13th. I figured it would be better to be with the four legged creatures than the two legged. Better behaved. Nice night that cooled off enough to sleep at midnight.

First to Review
Nice shoreline get-a-way

I spent 4 days here in October of 2018. It is a nice and quite place with dispersed camping right on Apache lake. There are multiple camping spots with fire-pits in the shade or you can pull right down near the water and walk out your front door right on a gravely beach and into the water.

While I was here I did encounter other campers both in tents and in RV's, the road in is about 10 miles of washboard dirt road from the Roosevelt Dam side but it is still passable in a motor home or any other high clearance vehicle. Some people just come for the day and still others seem to stay a few nights, but over all there is lots of room and no-one has to camp close to one another if they don't want to.

There is also a non-paved boat ramp marked out on the beach and being that the beach was more gravel than sand I never saw anyone get stuck or even spin a tire while either launching a boat or pulling one out.

There are also 3 port-a-potties located on a trailer and a dumpster there to throw away your trash, but unfortunately people always seem to leave some trash laying around. for that reason and that only I rate it a 4 out of 5.